Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
B & C ANTIQUES WILL BE CLOSING.

After over 30 years in the antiques business, the time has come for B & C Antiques to phase out. After the death of my husband and business partner, I have been unable to maintain it on my own, so as of December 2015, the business will cease. I have marked down the prices on many of my listed items, and I am willing to consider any reasonable offers. I will also do my best to add more new inventory in the upcoming months.

I would like to thank all my wonderful online customers for their interest and confidence over the past 13 years, and I look forward to working with you again in the upcoming final months.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #806212 (stock #11E-143A16)
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$295.00
This lovely round red and black lacquer tray with hand carved peony blossoms and leaves was crafted in a technique known as kamakura-bori and dates to the early 20th century. The alternating layers of color create a rich effect on the low relief carving, adding to its three dimensional quality. There is a wonderful depth and patina to the richly textured finish of this tray, which was very likely a tea ceremony presentation tray. The reverse is simply finished with red lacquer...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1940 item #1282860 (stock #11-380 )
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This intricately crafted little architectural model contains an amazingly detailed miniature Japanese tea house surrounded by a twig fence adjoined at the corner by a bamboo garden gate. Early to mid-20th century. The house has movable sliding shoji screen doors and windows and a large removable overhanging hipped roof. Next to the house is a separate little outhouse, complete with miniature fixtures...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1940 item #164162 (stock #11E-101A15)
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$225.00
This fine early Showa period Japanese black and gold lacquer miniature Buddhist shrine (“zushi”) contains a wood figure of the seated saint Nichiren-shonin, founder of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism. The shrine, which dates to ca. 1940, is crafted in rounded rectangular form with double-hinged doors and engraved brass fittings. The rich black lacquered exterior opens to reveal a mellow gold lacquered interior with a gilded transom, the inside of which is covered with red lacquer...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1930 item #486917 (stock #4-021)
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$275.00
This charming little pair of Japanese Girl’s Day Festival (“Hina Matsuri”) Emperor and Empress dolls are seated on brocade-edged and black and gold lacquer display stands. Early 20th century. The emperor is clad in purple silk brocade and holds a closed fan in his right hand. He wears a high golden nobleman’s hat. The empress is dressed in a layered robe of colorful red silk and holds an open fan in both hands...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1940 item #401472 (stock #4-248A34)
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$325.00
This simply enchanting little Japanese doll in kimekomi style stands on a black lacquer base alongside his black and white puppy. Early Showa period, 1930-1940. The child is holding a black and gold lacquer fan and a strung paper kite. He is dressed in a blue silk kimono which has been dyed and painted to scale. Face and hands are covered with gofun (crushed oyster shell), and the hair is finished in black lacquer...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1960 item #1233394 (stock #6A-456A40)
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This heavy vintage Japanese “ornamental” tetsubin (iron kettle) is strongly cast and decorated in high relief with figures of birds and flowers within deeply recessed irregular panels in a style popularized during the Meiji period. Showa period, mid-20th C. The “front” side is more extensively decorated with a bird perched on one of the blossoming prunus branches, and a somewhat less ornate floral decoration appears in the recessed panel on the reverse side...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #651147 (stock #2-817)
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$475.00
This lovely Imari sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) hibachi is heavily potted in ovoid form and dates to the early 20th century. The stenciled background on the body is decorated with a scrolling vine (tako karakusa) and pawlonia (kiri) leaf design against which are centered four white curvilinear medallions, two enclosing scenes of mountainous landscapes and the other two with chrysanthemums and birds...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1980 item #1238027 (stock #11-377A41)
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$450.00
Featuring expert craftsmanship and classic Japanese styling, this traditional style wooden shrine is skillfully handcrafted of cedar or cypress and contains many of the fine detailed architectural elements found on larger Shinto shrines in Japan. This kamidana is an official product of the Samukawa Shrine in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, and dates to the mid-to-late 20th century...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #720358 (stock #6-432A34)
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$565.00
This simple and elegant Japanese hand hammered copper vase in basket form with a double entwined relief work handle is an unusual representation in Art Deco style of a “hanakago” or bamboo flower basket. Early 20th century. The four sides flow in a softly rounded shape from a square base and culminate in a square lip...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #741797 (stock #2-828A45)
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$395.00
These superior quality Japanese iro Nabeshima porcelain dishes with sloping sides are boldly hand painted in polychrome enamels on a pure white ground. The mark of Imaizumi Imaemon is painted in underglaze blue within the foot ring. We believe these dishes to be by either Imaemon XII (1897-1975) or early Imaemon XIII (1926-2001), which would date them to the mid to late 20th century...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1190937 (stock #2C-183)
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$110.00
This style of Japanese sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) spouted pouring vessel for sake is known as a “katakuchi.” Early to mid-20th century. The white glazed body is boldly decorated with a freely-drawn design of a large flower blossom and stylized leaves in underglaze cobalt blue. The extended base is unglazed, as katakuchi were originally placed directly on the hot ashes inside a hibachi to keep the sake heated...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1930 item #816919 (stock #4A-272A11)
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$395.00
This charming Japanese gosho ningyo (“palace doll”), with chubby arms and legs outstretched, holds a rattle-type toy in his right hand while he crawls on his stomach. Early 20th century. His one-piece clay body is finished in white gofun (crushed oyster shell), and his facial features are well modeled and delicately hand painted in wonderful detail. He is scantily clad with a red and gold silk bib or stomach cloth (“haragake”) glued on and tied around his waist with light pink silk crepe...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1950 item #868407 (stock #11E-008)
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The lids of these elegant vintage Japanese lacquer covered bowls are decorated with gold lacquer peonies on a rich black lacquer ground. They date to the mid-20th century. The peony flower blossoms and leaves have been hand painted in gold hiramakie (flat lacquer) with takamakie (raised lacquer) highlights on a glossy black roiro-nuri ground. Roiro is a technique of using the highest quality black urushi lacquer, applied and polished in several layers. The rims are finished with gold lacquer. Ea...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1960 item #1021563 (stock #11E-146)
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$135.00
This large vintage round red lacquer dish in chrysanthemum form with low relief hand carving was crafted in a technique known as kamakura-bori and dates to the mid-20th century. The finely carved edges of the dish represent real chrysanthemum blossoms which surround a stylized twelve petal chrysanthemum flowerhead -- a design which originated in the late 17th century and was based on the "kiku-mon," the imperial crest derived from the chrysanthemum. The reverse is finished with red and black lac...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #156222 (stock #2A-619A3)
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$150.00
This large handsome contemporary ceramic pitcher from the Mashiko kilns has been crafted in the style of Hamada Shoji (1894-1978). The thickly potted cylindrical body is set on an unglazed raised foot ring. The exterior is decorated in turquoise and yellow ochre pigments splashed on a background of rich iron brown glaze, and the interior is covered with clear transparent glaze.

Hamada Shoji is modern Japan’s most renowned potter. After studying painting and ceramics and traveling abroad, h...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #317930 (stock #2C-386A25)
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$225.00
This portable crescent-shaped ceramic sake container, called a “dachibin,” is one of the classic shapes of Tsuboyan pottery (tsuboya-yaki) and unique to Okinawa. Mid-20th century. The body is randomly covered with a buff colored glaze which exhibits the normal glaze crazing. The pottery biscuit shows through areas along the shoulder and side where the glaze did not spread. There are splashes of rich speckled copper green glaze around the spout and both lugs. The neck is finished in a rich br...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1940 item #136588 (stock #4A-070)
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$95.00
This delightful clay Japanese Gosho doll or ningyo dates to the 1930’s. Standing with his feet apart on a black wooden base, he holds a ball in his outstretched right hand. His body is glazed in characteristic brilliant gofun-like white, and his facial features are well modeled and delicately painted. His vest is done in purple glaze, and his red and gold silk apron is tied with a gold silk cord. His silken hair is tied in the “sakayaki” (shaven tonsure) style popularized by Samurai, with ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #1129800 (stock #2D-104)
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$375.00
This wonderful Japanese iro Nabeshima porcelain sake drinking set was delicately hand painted in bright polychrome enamels on a pure white ground. The set contains two small sake flasks (“tokkuri”) and five sake cups (“sakazuki”). Each of the seven pieces bears the mark of Imaizumi Imaemon painted in underglaze blue on the foot. We believe this set to be from the studio of either Imaemon XII (1897-1975) or early Imaemon XIII (1926-2001), which would date it to mid to late 20th century.